LAHAINA - "TubaChristmas" will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Maui with two shows this holiday season.
Coordinated by Lisa Owen, "Maui TubaChristmas" will be performed at Maui Mall in Kahului on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4:30 p.m. and Lahaina Cannery Mall on Saturday, Dec. 22, at noon.
As in the past, tuba players from all over the island - and some from farther away - will gather to play holiday music and pay tribute to the "King of Brass Instruments," the tuba.
“This year, over 250 cities will present ‘TubaChristmas’ concerts, just like we do here on Maui,” said Lisa Owen, who introduced this event to Hawaii a quarter-century ago.
The warm, rich, organ-like sound of the tuba ensemble wins the ears and hearts of audiences, Owen said.
"It's truly an occasion for the tuba and tuba players to shine," she added.
"TubaChristmas" is not just a Maui phenomenon - it takes place all over America and several foreign countries.
Harvey Phillips, tuba professor at Indiana University, created the concept in 1974.
Tuba, euphonium, baritone and alto horn players of all ages are welcome to participate. Rehearsal and registration will take place on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Baldwin High School Band Room.
There is a $5 registration fee that entitles the musicians to a commemorative button and admits them into the national "TubaChristmas" registry. For more information, call Owen at 572-6247.